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Shore Scene

Tide Pools Bloom With Sea Flowers Peering into Laguna tidepools, one often comes across what resembles a large, green, petaled flower. In fact, the Starburst sea anemone (Anthopleura sola) is not a flower nor even a plant, but actually a predatory marine animal that is related to...

Pet Peeves

Montage Checkout I was a witness. I was standing in line to check out at the Montage. The guy in back of me settled his hotel bill and bought the place for $360 million. Everyone behind him got free stays. Unfortunately, I was before him and had to pay for my room, plus an extra...

The Slant

Where the sidewalk ends. Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places on earth to live as long as you don’t walk or ride a bike. Laguna Beach is one of the only local coastal cities that put pedestrians and bicyclists so egregiously in danger. Our streets are set up for cars and...

Wisdom Workout

My Global Girls  The International Terminal at LAX was crowded with those of us waiting for the next wave of arriving passengers. I kept my eyes glued on the sloping walkway as the top-heavy carts of passengers, freed from customs, made their way up the ramp. My youngest...

Pet Peeves

Banana Peel I’ve been fascinated by Indy readers reaction to the web-published guest column, “Ban the Bananas.” The author, Mindaugas Gedaudas, claims that radiation from spent fuel rods is no more lethal than if you stuck 50-80 million bananas in your ear. So far, I’m up to 125...

Taking Stock

Plus Ça Change “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” A French novelist originated this proverb (Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.) later adopted by George Bernard Shaw and Bon Jovi. Stock market moods and moves continually echo its wisdom. A few months...

Musings on the Coast

An Act of Resistance Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a James Earl Ray. My father’s name was James David Ray. The last name is common. There are a lot of Rays running around out there. About a week after MLK’s assassination, I visited my...

Pet Peeves

Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

Taking Stock

Dividends Beat Bonds Many factors influence the prices of stocks, yet from today’s financial news, one could conclude that they are dominated by the price of oil. Oil prices influence all of us and it makes for more dramatic headlines than announcing that yields declined [again]...

Galleries Keep Art Walk Alive

Editor, As we begin this year, the First Thursdays Art Walk board would like to remind the community of its free monthly First Thursdays Art Walk events and all the opportunities to see a wide range of art work, meet artists and those involved in the arts locally, while...

Village Matters

Life is… “Life is just a series of problems that you overcome one by one, and then you die,” says Maggie Smith’s character, Violet Crawley, dowager countess of Grantham in the popular PBS program, “Downton Abbey.” Somehow we can see that it’s so much more, especially as we think...

Taking Stock

Oil On Charted Waters The slightest acquaintance with analyzing price behaviors of stocks invariably brings the inquirer into a world of charts, cyclical analyses and other predicting tools. They come in an amazing variety-from simple records of price movements over time periods...

Musings on the Coast

Finding The Great Connectedness  I exercise about four times a week, usually by kayaking when it is warm and if not with a 30-minute routine while watching TV. For years I added a stretching routine that mimics yoga, which I practiced long ago until becoming bored. Yoga was not...
Posted On 08 Jan 2015

Pet Peeves

Peeking Into the Artist Colony Oh boy, what fun. I read in the Indy about the Open Studios event scheduled for Jan. 3. Artists welcomed the public into their studios to see how they create art. I’ve always suspected that a lot of artists paint by numbers. They don’t. This event...

Ban The Bananas!

Yes, folks, it’s time you knew the truth: bananas are radioactive. Enough bananas can exceed the nuclear radiation emanating from nuclear power stations, which got me to thinking about all the hullaballoo about nuclear power stations but not about bananas. While I was rummaging...